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    Could someone please explain this to me and is this method better than the traditional way of teaching?
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    You propose a problem: e.g. Long distance transport across the UK is inpractical due to costs and availability of services.

    Then you consider relevant issues that help you solve the problem: e.g. rail, air travel, roads. In doing so, you study each individual component to an appropriate detail without losing sight of the overall goal (and thus less likely to consider excessive detail).

    Conceptually, the native interrelation of all sub-topics of the main problem allows for more efficient learning (by association). As the focus is preserved on the problem throughout, this provides a way of ensuring that learning is functional (i.e. has a real application to real uses and value to existing groups). These would be the advantages of problem-based learning.

    In practice however, other learning methods can be shown to be effective if managed properly. It could also be considered that the PBL approach narrows the scope of reasoning to those associations previously covered, reducing the tendency to form new associations and more creative solutions to old problems.
 
 
 
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